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IntelLiDrives Releases Increased-Speed Rotary Tables

IntelLiDrives has updated its line of direct-drive rotary tables to improve speed and positioning. The AccuRing Series of rotary tables feature large aperture rotary stages  while operating at 200 rpm, much faster than rotary tables of comparable aperture and payload capacity. IntelLiDrives also designed the tables to maximize performance while minimizing wobbly motion, vibration wear, and...

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New Edition of GibbsCAM to Debut at Hannover

GibbsCAM will be presenting its latest CAD/CAM solutions at EMO Hannover next week. The new version of GibbsCAM 2013 will be on display on the EMO trade floor, where attendees can see how the software operates on Willemin-Macodel Inc. machine tools. The Swiss-type machining demonstrations at the Willemin-Macodel booth will display precision machining techniques inherent to the GibbsCAM...

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Precitech Premieres Nanomachining Solution for Optical Industry

Precitech premiered a new nanomachining  solution at the China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE) in Shenzhen last week. The Nanoform L 1000 is designed for ultra-precision machining production items for the optical market. The center can perform microgrinding operations on optical lenses, mold inserts, mirrors, and precision mechanical components. The Nanoform can operate on...

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Renishaw Gaging System Improves Work Cell Productivity

Most companies would be pleased with a return on investment (ROI) of six months for capital machinery. One machining shop in Conroe, Texas, claims an ROI of only 18 days for an automated cell it developed with a twin-spindle lathe, robot, programmable gaging system, and boxing and palletizing equipment. The company, Conroe Machine, is a general-purpose shop that focuses on high-technology...

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MAPI Sees a Return to GDP Growth in Second Half of 2013

The U.S. economy will return to moderate growth during the second half of the year and into 2014, according to a new report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). The MAPI Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts GDP growth of 1.6 percent for 2013, despite the slower-than-anticipated economic development in the first half of the year. The figure represents a...

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Manufacturing Day Adds More Industry Sponsors

Manufacturing Day, the annual celebration of the nation's manufacturing sector, has added several support organizations to its list of sponsors. Four major industry groups have agreed to support Manufacturing Day 2013: the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) at the Silver level, and Women in Manufacturing (WIM) and the Precision Machined...

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New Drive Solution Doubles Up Motor Capability

A new REDEX-ANDANTEX drive solution for turning-milling center motors provides improved performance during operation in a smaller unit. The MSR TwinDrive system uses two identical gearboxes, providing the "twin" of the name, which split driving torque on an equal basis between each other. By splitting the driving torque, the unit sidesteps all backlash issues. Further, a complementary CNC system...

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ThomasNet Jobs Board Connects Machinists and Employers

Massachusetts-based roll manufacturer PFE Rolls Inc. needs a full-time manual lathe operator, capable of working independently from blueprints, lifting heavy components, and setting up and breaking down a manual lathe. Like many companies, PFE Rolls is eager to fill a machinist position and offers attractive compensation and benefits to the right candidate. But in addition to confronting the...

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NAMII Issues Second Call for Projects

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) has issued a second call for project submissions following the successful funding of its first round of innovative additive manufacturing (AM) projects. NAMII is accepting applications to receive a share of $9 million in grants in five topic areas: Design for AM, AM Materials, Process and Equipment, Qualification and Ceritfication,...

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Durable Goods Index Continues to Disappoint

Durable goods manufacturing contracted at a heightened rate in August, marking the fifth consecutive month of  shrinkage, as reflected by the  Gardner Business Index (GBI). The GBI rating of 45.8 represented a 2.7 drop from July's 48.5 reading, though both numbers, as do all readings under 50, signify contraction. Indices over 50 represent growth. While July's figure represented a slower...

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